The Missouri Comets scored four goals in just over three minutes at the start of the game today in Wichita and cruised to an 11-4 win over the Wichita B-52s to move to 18-0 on the season.
Brian Harris, Kiel Williams, Vahid Assadpour, and Bryan Perez all scored in the first three minutes, seven seconds of the game to jump all over the B-52s early. Assadpour's goal was assisted by head coach, Vlatko Andonovski, who along with his Wichita counterpart, Kim Roentved played for their respective clubs today as a tribute to Roentved's career. Six and a half minutes in, Josh Gardner made it 5-0 to the Comets off an assist from Leo Gibson. The assist was actually Gibson's third of the quarter.
The second quarter progressed without incident in terms of goals until very late in the quarter. Perez set up Alain Matingou off a restart with less than 30 seconds left to make it 6-0 as the teams headed into the half time break.
The third quarter started with the Comets continuing their domination of play. A minute into the half, Gibson got his first goal to go along with his assists as Perez picked up his second assist of the night. Less than four minutes in, Assadpour got his second of the game, and Gibson got his fourth assist as the Comets made it 8-0. The B-52s finally got on the board with less than six minutes left in the quarter as Alex Moseley scored to cut the lead to 8-1. The final minute of the quarter saw the teams trade goals. Perez scored his second goal of the game with 45 seconds left in the quarter. Then with less than 15 seconds left, Kevin Jackson scored as the quarter ended with the Comets up 9-2.
The four quarter saw the two teams trade goals, with each team scoring two goals. Harris opened the scoring in the quarter, scoring with less than two and a half minutes gone. Right around the mid point of the quarter, Andre Braithwaite got on the scorers sheet as Perez picked up his third assist of the game to make it 11-2. Late on, the B-52s struck back to reduce the lead. The goals both came in the final five minutes, and both came through Matt Clare. First he scored on the power play off an assist from former Comet, Bryon Alvarez, before scoring again off an assist from Moseley to finish up the scoring with less than two and a half minutes left.
The Comets will now return home for their final two games of the season. The first of those games is this coming Saturday against the Tulsa Revolution, before closing out against the Tacoma Stars come to close out the regular season. The two teams are a combined 6-28. So the Comets should be able to finish the season unbeaten at 20-0.